Your long weekend beauty kit – sorted
Just add sunshine
Who's excited about the long weekend already? To help you take the guesswork out of your beauty essentials edit so you can focus on the more important things (like having fun, of course), we've taken a back-to-basics approach with these four top picks that will easily keep your holiday style in check.
The hair saviours
Try: Sachajuan Hair in the Sun and Hair after the Sun
Beach hair (by day three) can be an issue if you do not have these hair heroes on standby. On our radar are these Sachajuan hair treats, which combine the best of proteins and minerals from sea algae, plus tailor-made active ingredients to reboot your tresses.
Not only do they work to give you before-and-after hair protection from the sun, their long-lasting formulas give beautifully natural texture to your hair (think maximum shine and volume) without so much as weighing it down. For best styling results, apply close to the roots, running your fingers through for a tousled effect.
The complexion all-rounder
Try: Chanel CC Cream Correction Complete SPF50, RM190
A dream cream for healthy-looking skin, this colour corrector plus treatment hybrid takes a three-step approach to evening out the skin. Colour-correcting pigments instantly neutralise sallow skin, redness, and dullness. Next, its light diffusers blur the look of imperfections and illuminate your skin for an instant radiance.
Finally, brightening botanicals help even out skin over time, while its high SPF level of 50/PA++++ protects your skin against the development of dark spots. Perfect for hours of sun, sea and sand, this lightweight formula also gives you all-day moisture and shine control.
The one-colour-for-all lippie
Try: Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm in Amaretto Swirl, RM99
Some are too pale, or too brown, while others look too pink. Is it pointless to try and find that one nude shade that just makes a #OnVacay bare face pop? Not if you pop by the Laura Mercier counters. The makeup artist, known for perfecting the natural look, also specialises in natural-looking lipstick - and this shade, is the perfect nude that works for most skin tones. Bonus: its long-wearing and moisturising so you'll need very minimal touch-ups.
Tip: Treat chapped lips before you even think of applying lipstick. Wear a thick layer of lip balm to bed and wake up to softer lips in the morning. This makes applying lipstick so much easier.
The after-party skin treat
Try: REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, RM185
So you were disciplined enough to slather sunscreen all weekend long, but it's just as important to take extra care of your skin before you call it a night. Our top pick: a fun summer cocktail-inspired mask; a concoction of four acids including glycolic acid from pineapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon, and tartaric acid from grape for multi-action exfoliation.
Some of the best things this can do for your skin is remove dead cells from the surface and improve your skintone, texture, firmness, and radiance, while minimising the appearance of pores. Plus, it also treats sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and even old acne scars. It's a must-have in your kit especially as an after sun treatment to look completely refreshed, and of course it doesn't hurt that it also smells amazing on your skin with a scent that will remind you of your beach vacation long after it's over.